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DIY Moss Covered Balls

Good Morning and happy Monday, if that’s such a thing.  In hopes that today’s post will bring back spring like weather and melt the ridiculous amount of snow we got in Denver over the weekend, I’m sharing a DIY spring craft with you.  I’ve always wanted some moss covered balls, but at almost $10 a piece I just never felt right paying for them.  So, I finally DIYed some for myself.  I’ll show you how below and I’ll apologize ahead of time for using the word balls so many times.

DIY MossHere’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Moss (I used this kind from Hobby Lobby)
  • Foam balls, or anything round that you don’t mind covering.  I put our mountain of packing paper to work and just balled that up into a round shape.

DIY Moss BallsFirst, you’ll want to heat up your glue gun, and then begin covering your form with glue.

DIY Moss BallsThen, grab a small amount of moss and stick it right on top of the glue.

DIY Moss BallsContinue doing that until the entire form is covered with moss.  Then, look for bald spots that need to be covered up and repeat the glue and stick method.  I found that using the smaller pieces of moss that fell off worked best when covering the bald spots because they really filled in the gaps.

DIY Moss BallsLastly, you’ll want to trim off any excess moss that’s sticking out if you don’t like that kind of look.  I was going more for a flat moss look so I trimmed the excess off of mine.  No one wants #hairyballs.  Sorry, I couldn’t help myself, forgive me.

I was able to make three moss balls in a couple hours, but I took a ton of breaks because I have a needy toddler.  I only used about half the bag of moss I bought, so I’m sure you could easily make 5-7 of these with one bag of moss depending on how big your balls are.  I’m not even going to touch that last ball joke.

Here’s the finished product!  I think it adds a little spring flair to my dining table.  These would also be great for any woodland themed parties or showers.  I plan to use them again next year around Easter with Easter eggs tucked in around them.  Or you could use the moss to make a table runner by gluing and sticking it to a long piece of kraft paper.  You could also stack them to make a moss ball topiary, which would look great on a mantle to add some height.

DIY Moss Balls

DIY Moss BallsI am pretty happy with how they turned out and even happier that I was able to make three moss covered balls for less than $3 instead of paying $7 for just one.  And it didn’t take me very long at all.  What do you think?  Is this something you would have a use for?  I’m pretty sure anyone could make these as long as you can glue and stick, which you can.

I’ll be back Wednesday with Week 3 of the One Room Challenge, oh geez we’re already halfway through, yikes!

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Tablescape Tuesday: A Console Table

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Tablescape Tuesday.  After the holidays I really enjoy just cleaning off every surface and letting my furniture breath.  Plus we were gearing up to move so my tables have been pretty bare.  In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table. I think putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’, and your experience so much better.  Today is all about a nautical themed console table.

In our new house there was kind of a weird wall next to our couch that needed a little something on it and since our couch is now up against a wall, the console table we previously had behind it didn’t work anymore.  Low and behold, the console table was the perfect size for the wall next to the couch!  Now we have a great little spot to put a drink, the remotes, and another place to decorate.

Console Table with Nautical ChartA few days after we moved into the new house we spent a good portion of the day just moving small side tables around the house to see where the best place was for them, and this spot turned out so cute.  I like for our house to have a bit of a nautical/coastal vibe (I blame it on the Navy) and we have these nautical charts of the home ports where we’ve been stationed, which fit that vibe perfectly.   This one is of Pearl Harbor and I still need to get it framed, but since it’s so big I’m dreading how much that’s going to cost.

Console Table with Nautical ChartAgain with the coastal vibe, there is a decorative vase with rudders.  I was also able to keep my orchid alive through our move so she is proudly displayed on the table as well.  I think it’s so funny that I kill succulents (apparently an easy plant to keep alive), but orchids tend to thrive under my care.  I’ve had this one since Easter 2014!

I have a couple of great decorating books on the table as well.  Click the link above to purchase them on Amazon if you’re interested (affiliate link used).  I especially love The Nesting Place because it’s all about loving the home you’re in and that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.  As a recovering perfectionist, it’s perfect (get it?) for me.

Here is a great blog post on formulas to style a console table.  My general thoughts are that you need little vignettes, usually an odd number of pieces; something with height, like a lamp or plant; and I’m a stickler for symmetry, so I like things to be fairly symmetrical.  A console table like this gives you an opportunity to add some art above it as well.  Use one big piece, like my chart, or do a gallery wall of smaller frames.  If using a gallery wall, I’d tend to keep the items on the table a little more streamlined or the whole area might look a little too busy.

Console Table with Nautical ChartHow was today’s take on Tablescape Tuesday?  Do you have a spot in your home that you’ve found the perfect piece for?  I love when that happens, and it’s usually because of trial and error, just moving things around until you find the best spot.  I’ve also linked this post to a great round up of home decor inspiration hosted by Laura at Decor to Adore, be sure to check out a ton of other home related posts every Thursday for Thoughts on Home on Thursday.

I hope your week is off to a great start, be sure to come back on Thursday to see the updates and progress that’s been made in my One Room Challenge shared office and playroom.  I’ve found some great items to incorporate into the room!

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Valentine’s Sweetheart Party

Happy One Month Before Valentine’s Day day!  I know it’s super early, but I wanted to get a head start on all of the fun things happening for Valentine’s Day.  To start, I put together this super pretty little pink and red Valentine’s Sweetheart table.  It’s such a great way to show someone you love that you don’t mind sitting reeeeallly close to them!

Sweetheart Table
My thought in doing a sweetheart table was that it would be kind of romantic to dine with whoever you love in an intimate little setting and the size and closeness of the table help.  I plan on putting this table back out on the patio to celebrate Valentine’s day with my husband in about a month (sorry to my husband that won’t be surprised at all since he reads the blog!), and making a delicious dinner with no kiddo so we can just enjoy each other.

Sweetheart Table

To dress up the table I used a red tablecloth (typically seen around here at Christmas, everything has to work double duty) and made place settings with everything we already had, gold chargers, and our everyday plates layered onto red plastic outdoor plates.  For the place cards, I cut hearts out of card stock then added a border by gluing a layer of pink sprinkles.  It surprisingly didn’t take many sprinkles, but they do kind of get everywhere, so be forwarned.

For the centerpiece I finally did something that you can see on Pinterest all the time and put a smaller vase inside a bigger vase and then filled the area between them with candy sweethearts.  It turned out so cute, but I did have to go back to the store to buy more sweethearts.  I severely underestimated how many it would take to fill the space, so my tip to you is to buy waaaaaay more than you think you’ll need.  The centerpiece would be nothing without those beautiful pink roses.  I got two dozen at Costco for only $16.99!  They are just gorgeous!

Pink Flowers and Sweetheart Vase

Here’s a closer look at the vase.  You can kind of see that blue mason jar holding the flowers and the sweethearts surrounding it in the clear vase.  It really adds a fun factor and a lot of color.

Pink Roses

These flowers!  I just can’t with how pretty they are!

Sweetheart Table Place Setting

I quickly took a page from Yolanda Foster’s book and added a “My Love” label to the place cards.  #namethatreference  You could easily add your names, the menu you’d be serving, or a sweet Valentine’s message.  Remember all of those Valentine cards growing up and their corny little sayings?  Try and replicate that on your place cards for some fun!

Sweetheart TableAny party table of mine would not be complete without some champagne. Luckily a friend brought me a bottle of pink champagne which fits perfectly in this setting.  Paired with some floral champagne flutes, it’s a perfect way to pop the bubbly and enjoy a cozy night together.  Because we will be dining on the patio in February, and even in Southern California it will be chilly, I plan to add some cozy throw blankets to this sweetheart table along with some candles to light our meal.

I think this sweetheart table is just so pretty, from the flowers to the idea of dining so close to my husband!  I’m looking forward to putting this one to use.  You also don’t have to save this just for Valentine’s Day, put something like this together for an anniversary or birthday or even a random Tuesday.  I promise it will make your dining experience so much more special.

And here’s my little photo bomber “helping” me with this shoot.  Take it in now girl, because you’ll be in bed when it’s really being put to use!  It’s always interesting doing these things with a toddler running around.  It definitely requires strategic picture taking!

Sweetheart Table

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Tablescape Tuesday: A Twist on the Pink and Gold Trend

Welcome back to the first full work week of 2016 and the first post of the new year!  Today is another episode (is that the right word?  Probably not, but speaking of episodes, I’m so glad TV is back from the holiday break, my DVR has been woefully empty lately.) of Tablescape Tuesday.

In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table. I think putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’ experience so much better.  Today’s post is putting a twist on the ever popular Kate Spade, preppy, pink and gold trend.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the trend, just look at the blog color scheme, but changing it up can be good too.

So, I’ll be showing you a pink and gray/silver tablescape today.  I think this is a great option for a not so girly Valentine’s Day tablescape or just a way to use some fresh new colors for the new year.

Pink and Gray table

Pink and Gray Table

To make the tablescape, I used some Target Dollar spot wrapping paper as a runner and then ran some gray ribbon down the center of the table.  It’s such an easy, cute, little touch, plus it’s a great way to use up those holiday ribbon scraps you have.

Ribbon tablescape

Pink and Gray table

For the centerpiece I used some mercury glass candle stick holders, a shiny silver faceted candle holder (a great hostess gift I received), and some thrifted bud vases.  To make the bud vases all I did was find some glass or other material bud vases at my local thrift store and then just spray painted them white.  So it really doesn’t matter what the vase is made of because you’re just going to cover it with paint anyway.

Pink and Gray table

I tied the silver ware together using some leftover gray grosgrain ribbon.  Don’t they look so cute!  And yes, if you can’t tell this table is set up right in the middle of my living room, haha.  Just searching for the best light on a rainy day!

Pink and Gray table

Do you think this pink and gray color combo is going to be as big a trend as the pink and gold trend?  What TV shows are you glad are back on your DVR?  Hopefully this first full week of the New Year will fly by for you because Saturday is another Simple Celebrations post!  Keep celebrating!

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Saturday Simple Celebrations: Candlelit Dinners

Well it’s been a busy week of visiting family, packing, and traveling, so posts have been kind of light this week.  Today I wanted to do another Saturday Simple Celebrations because it’s been way too long since I’ve done one.  Saturday Simple Celebrations is a series where I share quick, easy, entertaining ideas to make everyday celebrations a little extra special.  See other simple celebration posts here and here.

This week I want to talk about making regular weeknight dinners a little more romantic.  How about lighting some candles and dining by candlelight?  I’ve added some inspiration photos below, but you don’t even have to be that elaborate, just light whatever candles you have.  Although, I’d avoid the scented ones around food, you don’t want to eat balsam scented spaghetti, haha!

 

After gathering all of these photos I realized I had a theme to the inspiration.  I guess greenery and white candles were really speaking to me.  So, go light some candles and turn off the lights for a little dinner romance tonight.  Have a great weekend!

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Celebrating everyday!